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LibWire: Spring 2018

News from York College Library

Contents & Overview

LibWire was introduced in 2013 and now serves as the current version of the York College Library Newsletter. Spring 2018 marks the start of a new online format for LibWire, and we hope you enjoy our new look! 

—Editorial team


Inside this issue:

Greetings from the Chief Librarian

York's Common Reader Program Library Exhibit

Updates & Announcements

ILLiad to Tipasa: News from Interlibrary Loan Service

Book Donation from a Queens College Emeritus Professor

York College Library's IT Project Deployment

"Dust-Wettability" & "Bindery Records"

OER at York College

Wall Street Journal + CUNY Online Access

Interview with York's New Librarian

Faculty Scholarship & Creative Works

Greetings from the Chief Librarian

image of chief librarianThe Library plays a central role in supporting York College's curricula and the research needs of faculty, students, and the college community. Library faculty and staff are committed to advancing the College's mission of enabling students to grow as learners and realize their academic and human potential. York College Library is a welcoming place and a popular destination for students who need assistance with research, or are looking for a quiet place to study or a place to collaborate with classmates. Students also use the library to work on assignments; use computers, scanners, printers and copy machines; borrow and return books; and visit the IT Help Desk. The Library continues to experiment with approaches to provide an atmosphere that meets the needs of all of our students—by adding new signage, moving around furniture, or creating new policies for use of study rooms, borrowing of laptops or use of computers (the Cardinal Reserve System will be going live in Spring 2018). 

The Library team strives to provide the quality services that students deserve, even as declining budgets continue to adversely affect our purchasing power for library resources. Our library instruction program is strong, and librarians continue to provide top-notch research assistance at the library’s reference desk and elsewhere. Our Higher Education Assistant, Senior College Laboratory Technician, CUNY Administrative Assistant, CUNY Office Assistants, College Assistants and work-study students provide support services behind the scenes, at the Library’s Circulation/Reserve Desk and on the library floor.

York Library has a strong presence on campus and off, with librarians participating in college governance, serving on senate committees, and participating in College, University, local, regional, and national events (see the Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works section of this newsletter to learn more about our librarians’ activities over the past year). 

The Library continues to work in partnership with the Information Technology Department to enhance student services. We appreciate all the departments that help us do our job better, including Academic Affairs, Student Development, the Information Technology, Public Safety, Buildings & Grounds, and Campus Planning Departments.

As we come to the end of another successful academic year, I would like to express my appreciation to a great team of Library faculty and staff. Thank you for your commitment and unfailing dedication to serve York College students, faculty, and the college community. I look forward to a successful 2018-2019—with, hopefully, a bigger budget allocation for library resources.  

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2018! We look forward to welcoming back returning students and meeting new freshmen in Fall 2018. Have a restful summer holiday!

—Prof. Njoki Kinyatti, Chief Librarian

About LibWire

Editorial staff:

Junli Diao

Christina Miller

Meredith Powers

Todd Simpson

Graphic design & layout:

Junli Diao (print)

Meredith Powers (online)